Grass Lake – On Saturday, December 1,2012 The Pious Union of St. Joseph in Grass Lake, MI will celebrate its 25th Anniversary with a concelebrated Mass with Bishop Earl Boyea of the Lansing diocese, along with the Servants of Charity of the St. Louis Center.
Fr. Germano Pegoraro, had a dream to start a Pious Union of St. Joseph in the United States just as Fr. Guanella started the original Pious Union in Rome. In 1987 Fr. Germano, as the first director, initiated the magazine Now and at the Hour, the official publication of the Pious Union of St. Joseph, in Springfield, Pennsylvania. He was inspired to paint a replica of the image of the Death of St. Joseph which adorns the sanctuary of the St. Joseph Minor Basilica in Rome. This painting is now revered in the Chapel of the St. Joseph Shrine in Grass Lake, Michigan.
In 1994 Bishop Kenneth Povish gave permission to establish the Pious Union of St. Joseph in his Diocese of Lansing. Fr. Germano moved his office and continued the publication in Grass Lake, Michigan. The property had a small house and an old barn situated on it. A benefactor came forward with enough money to get Fr. Germano started in rebuilding the existing barn into the Shrine to St. Joseph. Fr. Germano’s dream followed the exact path that St. Louis Guanella took in transforming a humble barn in Italy into the beautiful St. Joseph Basilica in Rome.
Now 25 years later the Pious Union of St. Joseph is grateful to God for the charism of St. Louis Guanella who founded this great confraternity promoting prayer for the suffering and the dying.